World Cerebral palsy day is observed on the very first Wednesday that falls in the month of October every year. Cerebral palsy, though, a non-progressive disorder that happens due to brain injury or trauma in children. It is difficult to picture any stererotypical manifestation as the deficits depend on the extent of brain damage. Usually symptoms are purely motor in nature like difficulty in sitting, standing or even walking. These challenges become multi faceted with advancing age and mushroom if associated with any co-morbidities like mental retardation or sensory integration disorders, any visual or hearing difficulties.
In the movie, “Margarita with a straw”, Kalki Koechlin beautifully portrayed myriad challenges and hardships faced by people suffering from CP. How daily living tasks can become so hard, I guess, most of us never have time or audacity to think about. These people undoubtedly face many folds challenges.
Not much time back, a JNU scholar was awarded a Ph.D. after toiling hard for so many years. With recent and ongoing advancement in term of medicines, therapies and technology things are getting little smooth if not much. It feels so proud to be able to have such a prestigious acknowledgement for the incessant hard work put in. But the struggle that must have been involved cannot be gauged. It is very rightly said only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
Government is also coming up with schemes to absorb and acknowledge this population as meaningful and productive beings that is proving beneficial for them to live with dignity, respect and their heads held high. But population at large are still not well aware with the special rights endowed to them. Fighting herd mentality and standing against odds for your well deserved rights is not a cake walk. But with a well educated people around it becomes a lot easier. These facts make it necessary that we must observe these days on a global platform so that assistance can pour from around the corner. Observing such days can also showcase different initiatives taken by the government across different countries, thus, make world better place of living.